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A Guide to SpaceX's Starship

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Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than earth. Really, the ad for going to Mars would be like Shackleton’s [hoax] ad for going to the Antarctic: "It’s gonna be hard. There’s a good chance of death, going in a little can through deep space. You might land successfully. Once you land successfully, you’ll be working nonstop to build the base. So, you know, not much time for leisure. And even after doing all this, it’s a very harsh environment, so there’s a good chance you die there. We think you can come back, but we’re not sure." Now, does that sound like an escape hatch for rich people? - Elon Musk


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Most people have heard about Starship on the news or social media, where there isn't a lot of context. This book would help you to guide along SpaceX's thought on, about and from Starship, as well as understand about its implications better. Starship's potential effects are still not well understood in 2021, which can range from steering humanity to become a multiplanet species to just some pipe dream by Elon Musk, who as of 2021 is the richest man in the world. This book explains a work-in-progress space vehicle in its current form, so there will be some outdated and incorrect information. This book is intended for anyone with a brief understanding of how space and rockets work, which an introduction video on YouTube is sufficient. Watching the community-made videos about Starship can also give a good understanding of Starship's basics as well. Here is a few: [1] [2]

Table of contents

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  1. Brief History
  2. Starbase
  3. How Starship is Made
  4. Traveling in Starship
  5. Starship HLS
  6. Mars Colony